With the 2012 gaming calendar all but wrapped, there’s only one thing left to do – celebrate the year’s best titles spanning a variety of genres. However, PSU.com has this year decided to inject a little twist into the proceedings. Instead of deciding on things ourselves, we’ve given you, the PSU community, the keys to the castle so to speak, with the list of nominees and ultimate winners decided entirely by our loyal readers. Whether it’s Sports, RPG or Action/Adventure, you guys have been voting manically for the past seven days or so, deciding the cream of the crop among 2012’s gaming greats. Simply put, this is YOUR Game of the Year Awards.
So, without further ado, let’s crack on with our look at the Best Platform Game of 2012, as decided by you lovely chaps and chapettes.
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Fans of the ledge-hopping, rope-swinging platforming genre haven’t been particularly well-catered for in 2012, though there have been some worthwhile entries among the spattering of titles released, including the return of the space-faring duo in Ratchet & Clank Full Frontal Assault and the crazy, gravity-bending Indie game Pid. This wasn’t a tough category for PSU readers to vote in however, with just two titles battling it out for the crown. So, let’s give a warm consolation to this year’s runner-up, the surreal interactive parable that was Journey. There can only be one winner though and we’re sure anyone who has played it will have had as much fun as we did.
And the winner is…
The LittleBigPlanet franchise has been a huge success for Sony and one of the most unique and creative platform games of this generation. LBP Vita is the pinnacle of the franchise, bringing together beautiful level design with slick control mechanics, which takes the platform gameplay to a whole new level. The touchscreen controls in LBP Vita aren’t just a gimmick, but they’ve been used cleverly in conjunction with traditional controls to afford players even more creative ways to complete each level.
Here’s a snippet from our LBP Vita review:
“A fleeting glimpse belies the truth - Sackboy's latest adventure may seem like old hat, but closer inspection reveals something revelatory. By enveloping finger feedback in the warm embrace of traditional mechanics, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita forges a new path for gaming and bridges the gap between mainstream and "casual".”